Well, one of the interesting side effects of participating in a mostly fan-based community such as the ASL community is that there are, by nature, more opportunities to contribute. People playtest new scenarios, edit articles and rules submissions, work on layout, write code, and so on. The game owes almost as much to these volunteers as to the big funders like Mr. Schilling.
For a while now, I have been pondering how I could include myself in this effort. I used to playtest for MMP and was even credited in AP5 and possibly AP6 (not sure). I attended tournaments and helped when I could. Here in Texas, though, as I have said, there's really nothing and no one close. Out of necessity, to play, I have turned to PBEM. And now we come to the crux of the issue.
There was, at one point, a tournament run by Chris van Wyk from South Africa where the default format was PBEM. It was a tournament for "the rest of us". Quite suddenly, however, he dropped off the map. I have tried contacting him to no avail. This absence leaves a hole for those that want the competitiveness of tournament play, but can't afford to get to a tournament or can't make their schedules fit. Enter naive me.
I am going to try to resurrect this tournament as my way of giving something back to a community that has provided me with hours of enjoyment and many wonderful friends. My primary PBEM opponent, Spencer Armstrong has even agreed to help. We're still in the beginning steps of the process. Look for more information on GameSquad and here in the coming weeks.
For those of you who PBEM, we welcome you. This tournament is for you. Roll low, and have fun.